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Immigrants Settle Suit Against NM County; Junot Diaz Wins Pulitzer

by The News on April 10 2008, 7:49AM

Immigrants Victorious Against Border Vigilantes The ACLU and MALDEF have victoriously settled a suit against Otero County, representing Chaparral, N.M., families who claimed their rights were violated during border security operations last summer. El Paso Times. Will Naomi Campbell Walk…

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Justice Dept Deals, Doesn’t Prosecute Corporations

by The News on April 9 2008, 8:04AM

Justice Dept. Puts Off Prosecuting Big Corporations In addition to its disregard for civil rights, the Justice Department, that has historically been responsible for bringing down big companies, avoided prosecuting more than 50 corporations in the last three years. New…

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Immigrants Safe in San Francisco; MySpace Extends to Latinos

by The News on April 8 2008, 9:11AM

MySpace Extends Site to Latinos Originating content that will focus on bands, celebrities, and soccer, MySpace will be expanding its site by adding eight bilingual online communities for the country’s booming Latino population. Associated Press. San Francisco Advertises As Immigrants’…

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Thousands Protest Immigration Policies in Paris; Border Fence Fouls Up Wildlife

by The News on April 7 2008, 7:50AM

Protests in Paris After Immigrant’s Death Thousands rallied in the streets of Paris to protest French immigration policies after a Malian immigrant jumped to his death trying elude police. Turkish Daily News. Remembering the Riots After King’s Death The Washington…

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On the 40th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Assassination

by Jonathan Adams on April 4 2008, 8:38AM

The Other Side of the Mountaintop “Some scholars and former King associates are using the occasion to zero in on the two issues — war and poverty — that were consuming him at the time of his death.” Washington…

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Immigrants Challenge ICE Raids in New Jersey

by The News on April 4 2008, 8:14AM

Assessing ‘King’s Prescription for Poverty’ Farai Chideya talks with economist Bill Spriggs about King’s hard-fought plans for economic justice and how black America has fared since 1968. NPR. US Finds ‘No Reason” To Attend Durban II With plans to avoid…

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Unemployment Rate Doesn’t Add Up; Immigrants Aid Social Security Program to No Avail

by The News on April 2 2008, 8:02AM

Undocumented Immigrants Get Shortchanged by Social Security A report released by the Social Security Trustees notes that because many immigrants put money into Social Security but never get to reap the benefits, the program is doing much better than expected….

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Western Union Goes Wireless; 5 Things You Should Know About Crack

by The News on April 1 2008, 11:48AM

Raul Castro Lifts Bans in Cuba Five weeks after Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul, took over the nation’s presidency, he has ended a rule that banned locals from staying in hotels. This move comes just days after he ended the ban…

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New Report on Black Workers and Unions; NYC Supports Child Citizen Protection Act

by Jonathan Adams on March 31 2008, 11:16AM

Honoring Dr. King’s Commitment to Unions—40th Anniversary of Assassination in Memphis while Supporting Strike(pdf) Forty years ago this week—on April 4, 1968—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, while he was in Memphis supporting the unionization of African American sanitation…

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Highest Number of Food Stamps Receipients Ever; United Farm Workers March

by The News on March 31 2008, 7:41AM

Rural South Africans Take Demands to Platinum Producer Rural South Africans are demanding that Anglo Platinum, Ltd., compensate them over the loss of their grazing land to a mine. The community is also demanding that the company sell a stake…

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Chinatown Fights Gentrification; LA Times Apologizes for Tupac Story

by The News on March 28 2008, 8:40AM

LA Times: Bad Source, False Documents on Tupac Story Correction: a Los Angeles Times editor and reporter have apologized for a story that claims Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and his associate had knowledge of the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur…

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Court: Mumia Abu-Jamal Deserves New Hearing; Florida Apologizes for Slavery

by The News on March 26 2008, 4:10PM

Australia’s Racist Prisons Similar to U.S. Angela Davis notes that the disproportionate number of Aboriginal people in prisons is ten times that of the general population. With global trends mimicking the United States, prisons are being used as a receptacle…

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Walgreen’s Settles Suit for $24 Million; South African Co. Pays Reparations

by The News on March 26 2008, 8:05AM

Black and Latino Construction Workers Build Alliance In the face of divide and conquer tactics, some of San Francisco’s Black and Latino construction workers have banded together to sue their management company, who they allege skipped over Black carpenters to…

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Homeland Security: State IDs Need Upgrade Now; Detroit Mayor to be Arraigned

by The News on March 24 2008, 3:42PM

States Hurry to Make Flight Deadline The federal government has given three states the deadline of March 31 to comply with new ID laws, and Homeland Security has announced that those states that do not comply will be barred from…

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Life Expectancy Gap Widens Between Rich and Poor; Exxon Valdez Remembered

by The News on March 24 2008, 8:17AM

Life Expectancy Gap Continues to Widen New government research has highlighted income and education as key indicators in determining life expectancy. Racial disparities like access to health care were also named in the report as factors. New York Times. Asian…

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Immig. Agent: Sex for Green Card; Indians Band Together on Border

by The News on March 21 2008, 7:34AM

Indian Tribe Strengthened in the Face of US Border Fence While the Kumeyaay had spread across the Mexico and California for centuries before they were banded into reservations, the recent raid on immigrants has forced the tribe to organize their…

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Supreme Court Rules in Racial Bias Case; More Black Plays on Broadway

by The News on March 20 2008, 7:25AM

Supreme Court Overturns La. Death Penalty Case With Clarence Thomas dissenting, the Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision that overturned the death penalty case of a Black man. The justices found that the Louisiana court erred by improperly excluding…

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Iraq: Five Years Later; Md. Noose Hate Crime Bill

by The News on March 19 2008, 7:34AM

Md. Introduces Noose Hate Crime Bill Maryland’s House of Delegates have introduced a bill that will make it a hate crime to display a noose in certain instances. A increasingly popular symbol of hate in recent months, nooses are not…

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Obama Speaks on Race

by The News on March 18 2008, 12:12PM

Obama Opens Up About Race In Philadelphia, Barack Obama discussed the impact of race on the United States and the recent racial remarks by Geraldine Ferraro and his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in a crucial moment for his campaign…

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Ireland Becoming More Diverse; Ranking Race and Gender Never Works

by The News on March 17 2008, 7:10AM

Ireland’s Immigrants of Color Force Integration With an influx of immigrants of color, many of whom are asylum-seekers, Ireland is the fastest growing country in Europe. MSNBC. Ranking Race and Gender Undermines Progressive Coalitions Gary Younge examines the identity politics…

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